“Sustain a Book” Art Contest

It’s a sad fact that old books sometimes fall apart or outlive their usefulness. We can recycle them, but why not be creative and make something entirely new?

Plough Library is now accepting entries for Sustain a Book, a repurposed paper art contest open to CBU students, faculty, and staff. Use an old book of your own, or take one from the Free Books shelf in the library foyer. Please try to use only books in poor condition. The goal of this contest is to give worn or cast-off pages new life.

See the Library’s Pinterest page for project ideas and inspiration.

Entries are due at the Plough Library Reference Desk by 8:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14. Winners will be announced during CBU’s Earth Week festivities.


  1. You may use more than one book, along with any other type of printed paper (newspaper, magazines).
  2. You may use other materials, as long as a book is part of the finished piece.
  3. Try to keep the finished piece under two feet square in dimension.

Questions? Contact Deborah Babb at dbabb@cbu.edu.